Coun­cils fight against hate crime

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Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil and South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil’s joint com­mu­nity safety team is sup­port­ing the cam­paign, from Oc­to­ber 14 to 21, by mak­ing in­for­ma­tion avail­able on­line and in re­cep­tion ar­eas of both Amer­sham and Den­ham of­fices.

Hate crime can take many forms, such as as­sault, ha­rass­ment or abuse, but all in­ci­dents share one thing in com­mon – vic­tims are tar­geted for sim­ply be­ing who they are.

Peo­ple can be tar­geted be­cause of hos­til­ity or prej­u­dice to­wards their race, sex­u­al­ity, re­li­gion, dis­abil­ity or trans­gen­der iden­tity.

Many vic­tims do not re­port these in­ci­dents and en­dure ha­rass­ment for a long time.

The cam­paign aims to re­as­sure vic­tims that they do not have to tol­er­ate abuse and it is im­por­tant to re­port such in­ci­dents, whether it is just one iso­lated in­ci­dent or re­peated ha­rass­ment by the same per­son or group of peo­ple.

Hate crime also ap­plies to so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­ity and should be re­ported in the same way as more con­ven­tional forms of abuse.

Vic­tims are be­ing en­cour­aged to re­port all the hate in­ci­dents they ex­pe­ri­ence to give po­lice the full pic­ture of the na­ture of abuse and any­one in a hate crime sit­u­a­tion is ad­vised to keep a record of the in­ci­dents, which will also help any in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In­ci­dents should be re­ported to the po­lice as soon as pos­si­ble.

Call Thames Val­ley Po­lice via 101 or 999 in an emer­gency.

Al­ter­nately you can call Crimestop­pers anony­mously via 0800 555 111.

For more in­for­ma­tion on hate crime, visit www. chiltern.gov.uk/hate­crime or www.south­bucks.gov. uk/hate­crime.

Fol­low the cam­paign on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tag #NHCAW.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for healthy com­mu­ni­ties Liz Walsh said: “Hate crime has no place in our so­cie- ty and I im­plore any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it to find the courage to take ac­tion through the proper chan­nels and re­port it.

“Put­ting up with it sim­ply al­lows this un­ac­cept­able behaviour to fes­ter and grow like a can­cer in our com­mu­ni­ties. If it causes of­fence or hurt, it is abu­sive – sim­ple as that.”

South Bucks Dis­trict Coun­cil’s port­fo­lio holder for healthy com­mu­ni­ties Cllr Paul Kelly said: “The dam­age hate crime can wreak on in­di­vid­u­als, their fam­i­lies and loved ones is heart­break­ing.

“Ac­cep­tance of in­di­vid­u­al­ity is the foun­da­tion for a healthy, tol­er­ant com­mu­nity and vic­tims of hate crime should feel no shame in re­port­ing any in­ci­dents they ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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